Harvey Norman Premiership Round 6 wrap-up

South Perth back to best

South Perth Lions rediscovered their form of 2011 and put themselves right back into the thick of the Harvey Norman Premiership race beating Fremantle Roosters 32 to 22. In a game showing the character that has held them at the top of the table in recent seasons, the Lions never let the state of the game get to them.

They turned around a 4 to 12 score line 30 minutes into the game to lead 14 to 12 at half time and then after losing the lead at the sixty minute mark, put on two converted tries towards the end to win the game.

Coach Nathan Johnson sees it as a significant moment for the season for his young side.

“The discipline in the second half was the best we have shown all year. It led us to the result we wanted and the consistency shown by the side over the whole game was good,” he said.

Fremantle’s coach Lee Toon-Poynton felt his side was flat.

“They outplayed us with their structure and we must learn from that. We just did not bring our game with us today and had nothing to offer,” Toon-Poynton said.

Best players were Pikari Te Wara, who was dominant with three tries, and Arlin Paki for South Perth, and Jon Presley and Sam Graham for the Roosters.

North Beach Sea Eagles have gone two points clear at the top of the table and at the same time celebrated Mick Kestel’s 150th game in style, running all over the top of Joondalup Giants 70 to nil. It was a disappointing result for the Giants, but a sign that the Sea Eagles are now starting to work the game plan set by new coach Ryan Gundry. Best players were Ben Dickson and Paul Ferguson for North Beach and Nathan Searle and Clint Fraser for the Giants.

Rockingham Sharks showed the form they have threatened with all year by beating ladder leaders Kalamunda Bulldogs with an emphatic 46 to 20 win.

Coach Martyn Wood was happy that they finally broke a disappointing run in recent weeks.

“It was good after losing a close one to North Beach two weeks ago and then not having the game last week to get it all together at last,” Wood said.

After a close first half, it was all the Sharks in the second as they closed out the game with an unanswered 30 points. Vini Talatala and Blake Nicholls stood out for the Sharks with Elliot Moore and Tim Cook the best for the Bulldogs.

The win has put them back into second place ahead by aggregate over the Bulldogs, Lions and Fremantle and set up an interesting few weeks in the competition.

Goldfields Titans kicked away with a 46 to 6 first half lead to hold sway over Willagee Bears winning 82 to 20. The Titans best were Malcolm Avei and Junior Avei with Joel Davis and Chris Cook the better players for Willagee.

Game Results (subject to official Team Sheets)

First Grade
South Perth Lions 32 – Fremantle Roosters 22
North Beach Sea Eagles 70 – Joondalup Giants 0
Rockingham Sharks 46 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 20
Goldfields Titans 82 – Willagee Bears 20

Premier Grade
South Perth Lions 32 – Fremantle Roosters 20
North Beach Sea Eagles 52 – Joondalup Giants 6
Kalamunda Bulldogs 32 – Rockingham Sharks 26
Willagee Bears 60 – South West Warriors 10

Under 18’s
Joondalup Giants 42 – North Beach Sea Eagles 22
Rockingham Sharks 32 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 28

Women’s LeagueTag
Fremantle Roosters 30 – South Perth Lions 8
Joondalup Giants 41 – North Beach Sea Eagles 6
Kalamunda Bulldogs 36 – Rockingham Sharks 10